4.5 really, but there’s always room for a change of heart. =)
I genuinely liked this book. I cared for Seraphina and I admired her actions throughout. I agree with another reviewer here who said that her descriptions of music was something otherworldly. As if she was describing the purest emotions. But while music is ever present in Seraphina’s life, the parts that really moved me were when she interacted with the other characters. So removed, so careful. Always alert and always distant, with a perpetual guard around her heart because even if she loved them if they knew her truth they could only ever feel disgusted towards her. To live amidst such scorn – perhaps directed at others – but oh how easy to imagine herself the receiver of those taunts, how dreadfully easy to imagine all that contempt directed at herself.
Seraphina was very alone and the only people who knew her secret either wouldn’t or couldn’t make her loneliness go away.
The book is amusing, saddening, anger arousing and triumphant. There was something wonderfully fitting about the end because we knew it wasn’t the end – that she had truly gained not lost, and that she wasn’t alone any more.
DISCLAIMER: reviewed ARC from netgalley
How awful to now have to wait months just to see this book in print and maybe another year and a half before they bring out its sequel. Darn the glacial publishing process!